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patent medicine

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Drugs, medicines
patent medicinepatent medi‧cine /ˌpeɪtnt ˈmedsən $ ˌpætnt ˈmedəsən/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 MDBBTa medicine which can be bought without a prescription (=a written order from your doctor) syn over-the-counter
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patent medicineLike a vile-tasting patent medicine, they appreciate the need for treatment, but find it hard to swallow.Now, when I stopped at the Emporium, I looked at the patent medicine display first.
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